Radiation OncologyOur expert team treats more than 3,600 patients a year and offers the most advanced radiation therapy available today, finely targeting radiation to tumors with more precision than ever before.
Radiation Oncology Treatments OptionsWe offer several types of radiation therapy, including but not limited to what is listed below. External Beam Radiation Techniques
- Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
- Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Proton Therapy
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
- ZAP-X Radiosurgery and Synaptive MRI
- Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D-CRT)
- High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy
- Low Dose Rate (LDR) Brachytherapy
- Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT)
Not all listed services are available at all locations. Please confirm when you make an appointment.
Additional Radiation Oncology Approaches
In addition to external beam radiation and brachytherapy, several technologies, programs and treatment options are available to provide you with a personalized plan that fits your needs.
Gamma Knife® Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) is a noninvasive, same-day procedure to treat cancerous and noncancerous tumors of the brain and skull base, as well as other neurological disorders, while preserving healthy brain tissue. An alternative to traditional “open” brain surgery or whole-brain radiation, Gamma Knife provides accurate, radiation treatment for single or multiple brain lesions and brain disorders — with no incision and little to no side effects.
How does Gamma Knife SRS work?
Gamma Knife SRS uses precisely targeted high-dose radiation beams to treat brain and skull base tumors, as well as other brain disorders including arteriovenous malformation, essential tremor and trigeminal neuralgia.
Treatment steps include:
- Fitting for a customized, lightweight head frame, if required. The head frame ensures that the radiation beams target the precise treatment area and help to keep the head still during the procedure.
- Hackensack Meridian Health also offers frameless Gamma Knife treatment - which does not require the use of a head frame - for select patients.
- Imaging using MRI or CT technology. Imaging scans determine the exact size, shape and position of the treatment area.
- Personalized treatment planning. Your physician will develop a treatment plan using a specially designed computer that calculates the best way to deliver the radiation treatment.
- Automated, painless treatment. The fully awake patient reclines on a moveable treatment table while the machine rotates to deliver radiation from various positions.
- Return to normal routines. Although some patients will need to stay overnight for observation, most can go home immediately and experience only minor side effects, if any.
What are the benefits of Gamma Knife?
The main benefit of Gamma Knife is that it can be a safer alternative to traditional “open” brain surgery or whole-brain radiation, which come with a higher risk of side effects or complications. Other benefits include:
- Noninvasive. No incisions are necessary, meaning that patients do not require general anesthesia and are not at risk of hemorrhage, infection, or other complications that can occur during open brain surgery.
- Enhanced efficiency. Unlike traditional radiation treatments, patients who receive Gamma Knife SRS typically require only one outpatient treatment. Exclusively used for treatment of the brain. Gamma Knife is the only SRS system specifically designed and optimized to treat brain lesions and disorders.
- Unparalleled accuracy. The Gamma Knife radiation beams conform to the shape of the lesion, delivering high-dose treatment with sub-millimeter accuracy.
- Fewer side effects. Gamma Knife’s precision spares healthy brain tissue from radiation exposure, reducing the risks of side effects. Many patients experience only mild side effects, or no side effects at all.
Commonly treated conditions include:
- Acoustic neuroma
- Arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
- Brain metastases
- Essential tremor
- Pituitary adenoma
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Vestibular schwannoma
SCINTIX biology-guided radiotherapy (BGRT) is a novel radiation therapy treatment option for patients with primary or metastatic lung or bone tumors. These tumors may arise from primary cancers or from metastatic lesion spread from other cancers in the body. This therapy is the first radiation treatment that uses tumor biology to precisely direct radiation to the tumor site in real-time, even when tumors are moving. This breakthrough approach also allows for single-session treatment of multiple tumors while minimizing radiation exposure to healthy tissue.
The therapy is delivered using the state-of-the-art RefleXion® X1 machine, which is the first radiation therapy platform to combine positron-emission tomography (PET) imaging with a radiation therapy linear accelerator. This hybrid platform combines PET imaging, which is used to diagnose and stage cancer, with state-of-the-art radiation therapy treatment technology — advancing the treatment model for cancer care.
How it Works
During the therapy, patients receive a single injection of a radiotracer, which creates real-time, detectable emissions from cancer cells. The system’s technology detects these cancer cell emissions and uses them to precisely track and direct radiation to the tumor, transforming cancer cells into biological beacons that direct radiotherapy delivery.
- Ability to precisely treat tumors, even if they are moving
- Combines two proven technologies used for cancer diagnosis and treatment
- Allows for the treatment of multiple tumors in a single session
- Effective for primary and metastatic bone and lung tumors
- Personalized control of radiation delivery
- Enhanced patient safety and convenience
- May reduce radiation exposure and toxicity to healthy tissues
“I was determined. I felt as though John Theurer Cancer Center solved the problem as quickly as it could have been done.”
Melvin Taylor - Lifetime musician and cancer survivor
Why Choose John Theurer Cancer Center for Radiation Therapy
We have a history of leading radiation therapy in New Jersey. The Department of Radiation Oncology at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center was the first center in the state to offer stereotactic radiosurgery (a non-surgical option) for the treatment of brain tumors.
We were also the first medical center in New Jersey to offer TrueBeam® image-guided radiation therapy, a radically different approach to treating even the most challenging cancers with unprecedented speed and accuracy. This technology is now offered throughout the network.
John Theurer Cancer Center has affiliate locations across the state, providing you with access to advanced radiation therapy options conveniently located close to home.
The cancer surgeons at John Theurer Cancer Center perform more minimally invasive cancer surgeries than any other center in New Jersey.